08 days Ancient Culture & History southeast Pakistan tour (Karachi to Islamabad) by Crossroads Adventure. Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
Overview of the tour Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
The significance of a region is given by its enriched historic and cultural excursions. If you have got the taste of admiration of great cultural artifacts, then join us on a thorough exploration of the magnificent monuments in the southeast part of Pakistan. It encompasses the UNESCO’S declared World Heritage Sites, which you would never like to miss if you are on a mission of the examination of a meaningful heritage and prominent cultural legacy of the world. An unprecedented odyssey is planned to take you to the magniloquent sites of two prominent provinces of Pakistan, the exhilarating Sindh and the enthralling Punjab which are enraptured in architecture, and archeological magnificence. Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
How Would You be Entertained in the Trip?
Have you got an ingrained lust for historical sites? Keep patience with us, we will take you to the marvels of great ancients Civilization, the mighty Indus Valley Civilization. You will be introduced to the distinctive art and architectural design of one of the ancient world-famous Harappa Civilization during your exploration of the Mohenjodaro in Sindh. Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
Does great artwork fascinate you? Hold on! you will be with the magnificent guides who would take you to the wonders of art like the great Shah Jahan Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Blue Mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque, you will be witnessing the delicate calligraphic art in shrines of Sufi Saints like the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sahwan Shareef Sindh, and numerous shrines in Multan.
We know music is the food of the soul. When you are visiting such a mesmerizing place, how can you miss the soul-refreshing folk music, Qawali, and Sufi music? There is an abundance of melodious musical compositions, distinguishing dance moves, enchanted musical instruments.
In your unforgettable journey, you are visualizing the majestic defensive structures in the form of unshakable Forts, who are successful in maintaining their glory even after decades of their unmatched construction. Lahore Fort, Derawar Fort, Rohtas Fort, Ranikot Fort, and the list is unending. Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
When you are visiting Pakistan, you will find yourself in bounties of mother nature. Don’t worry we have managed to bring you a magnanimous experience of miracles of sweet nature. You will enjoy your visit to Keenjhar Lake in Thatta Sindh, the desert safari in Cholistan Punjab, the natural sites of Islamabad and Lahore.
Wait! Don’t forget to explore the oldest Bazars in different cities like Anarkali Bazar in Lahore, you will get a complete view of local culture there. It would serve as a single stop of every single item of need.
Is this the Desired Trip for You? Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
While traveling in these areas, you would get the repercussions of hot weather, especially during summers. You will be suffering from sunburns or tans, or other scorching weather patterns.
These areas mostly exhibit flat landscape, so there is no risk of issues related to height.
The security situation of these regions is satisfactory, so no need to worry about security risks.
A Brief Upshot:
Karachi, capital of Sindh province Pakistan
Lahore, capital of Punjab Province Pakistan
The Cultural and Historical Sites
Touring southeast Punjab, an eye-opening adventure of a lifetime.
Recognizing world heritage sites such as Mohenjo-Daro, Ranikot Fort, Harrapa, Shalimar Bagh, and many more.
Taste the most delicious Sindhi and Punjabi cuisines including Sindhi Biryani, pakwaan, Matiari’s Famous Ice-cream, Bombay Bakery’s cakes in Hyderabad, Multani Sohan Halwa, Lahori Paye, and much more.
Enjoy the ancient folk music of Indus Valley Civilization from the raw vocals of locals with a touch of Tambooro and Sitar and many more fascinating musical instruments.
Get to know more about the history of Pakistan, Pre and Post-Colonial both.
Be amazed to know about different rulerships over Punjab and their effects.
Getting to know how amazing Southeastern Pakistan and its culture is and how kind and hospitable people are.
Shopping in the Annarkali Bazaar of Lahore.
Last but not the least, to witness that people from completely different belief systems used to and could still live harmoniously.
VISIT CHAKUNDI, MAKLITOMBS, KEENJHER LAKE, CITY TOUR
VISIT SEHWAN SHAREF
EXPLORE THE RUINS OF THE INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION
VISIT DARAZA SHAREF, SHRINES
DERAWAR FORT, BLUE MOSQUE
LAHORE FORT, SHALIMAR GARDENS, ANARKALI BAZAR, BADSHAHI MOSQUE, WAGHA BORDER
Description of Places
Makli Necropolis is a graveyard but not an ordinary one. This graveyard is home to about a million tombs built over 400 years of the time. The most fascinating thing about these tombs is the engraved, carved, intricate work of craftsmanship of the Sindhi Civilization which can only be explained by visiting the site. Makli Necropolis was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
Keenjhar Lake, Thatta
Sindh’s popular lake view resort is built by the infamous Keenjhar Lake also known as Kalri Lake. Keenjhar Lake is the second largest freshwater lake that provides water supply to Thatta and Karachi. Keenjhar Lake is located 22 kilometers away from the main city of Thatta and about 122 kilometers from Karachi. Local people flux towards Keenjhar Lake in summers to blow off steam and enjoy shades of palm trees and cabana-style huts. Ancient Culture & History Pakistan
Located near Makli Necropolis, Shah Jahan Mosque is a unique piece of architecture. The mosque was built during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who gave the mosque to the local Sindhi People of Thatta as a token of gratitude for their hospitality and kindness. It reflects the taste of the monarchy of the time which was much influenced by the Timurid dynasty. Unusual to the architecture of the Mughal period, this mosque displays the most impressive work of tile in geometric patterns.
Located in the Jamshoro district of Sindh, the magnificent Ranikot Fort is considered the largest fort in the world. It is a monumental piece of architecture located in the Kirthar National Park, Sann; Jamshoro District of Sindh. The Fort is often compared to the Great Wall of China because of its wall-like structure built for defense purposes. Ranikot Fort is also called the Great Wall of Sindh and it is acclaimed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Inside of Ranikot Fort wall, there is a small fort called Mirikot Fort, a historical landmark with a pond called Pariyun Jo Tar (pond of fairies).
Sehwan Shareef is the resting place of 13th century Sufi Saint and mystic Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. This town is highly respected by locals and foreigners likewise and attracts thousands of devotees including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and many more. Foreigners find the folktales of Sehwan and Bolra Shareef fascinating.
It was built between four and five thousand years ago and lasted until 3,700 BP. It was part of the Harrapan Civilization, and the city had at least 35,000 Residents. Mohenjo-Daro means “mound of the dead”. The city was approximately one square mile in size. Mohenjo-Daro was the most advanced city of its time, with remarkably sophisticated civil engineering and urban planning. Typical of most large and planned cities, Mohenjo-Daro had planned city streets and buildings
Hala is located in the Matiari district of Sindh. It is famous through the subcontinent for art, glazed colored pottery (Kaashi), woodwork (Jandi), cloth printing, woven cloth (Sussi), and khaddar made of handmade khadi. Hala is also the resting place of the great Sufi poet and legend Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.
Located in the Sukkur Division of Sindh, Daraza is a village famous for being the location of the burial place and tomb of Sufi poet Faqeer Abdul Wahab Farouqi also known as Sachal Sarmast. People from all around come here to enjoy the mystical music sung on the lyrics of Sarmast Sahib’s poetry.
Blue Mosque, Bhong
Out in the wastelands of southern Punjab, among the barren plains of the mighty Cholistan desert and the scorching ranges of Balochistan, lies this eminent mosque as flamboyantly decorated as it is shrouded in lore and fable. The Bhong Mosque is all the more extraordinary for its anonymity and worth a visit by anyone with an interest in Islamic architecture or Seraiki folk culture.
Believed to be visited by Alexander the Great’s army, Multan is also believed by Hindus to be the place where the Mahabharat war took place. Multan provides a great view of River Indus as its existence lies on the Right Bank of River Chenab. Many folktales and songs are written and sung, passed through generations of people about Chenab and the tragic love story of Sohni Mahiwal. This city’s budget market and the oldest in Multan is Hussaina Gai where one can lose the way out because of its grandeur. Multan is also home to many shrines of great saints such as Shrines of Shah Yusuf Gardezi, Shah Shams Sabzwari Tabrez, Shah Rukne Alam, and Bibi Pak Daman’s Mausoleum. The very thing Multan is famous for is its sweet dish Multani Sohan Halwa which attracts people from miles away. Tourists when visiting Punjab cannot help but make a pit stop in Multan to have some of its delicious Sohan Halwa.
Famous for the spring festivities and carnivals, Bahawalpur is a princely state in the southern parts of Punjab and home to numerous architectural wonders including lavishly build palaces like Noor Mahal and Gulzar Mahal. Bahawalpur is home to the best-kept zoo in Pakistan with over 200 animal species. Derawer Fort in the Cholistan Desert stretches from Punjab to Sindh connecting to the Indian region of Rajasthan is famous for the Jeep and Camel Safaris arranged regularly. Lal Sohanra Park is a man-made forest in this region of Pakistan that attracts a lot of tourism.
A historic city in the southern parts of Punjab, Uch Sharif is the resting place of Bibi Jawindi and Shah Jalaluddin Surkh. Apart from that Fort Munro is a worth visiting place in Uch Sharif.
UNESCO acclaimed archaeological site in Punjab, Pakistan, about 24 km west of Sahiwal, Harrapa is an ancient city containing the ruins of a Bronze Age fortified city, which was part of the Indus Valley Civilisation centered in Sindh and Punjab. The civilization, with a possible writing system, urban centers, and diversified social and economic system, was rediscovered in the 1920s also after excavations at Mohenjo-Daro in Sindh near Larkana, and Harappa, in west Punjab south of Lahore.
Lahore is the second largest and the wealthiest city in Pakistan with almost everything. Lahore used to be the megacity of the Indo-Pak subcontinent before the partition where people lives peacefully despite their religious differences. This is still reflected in the mosques, temples, and gurudwaras built alongside each other. Being under the rulership of various emperors from Hindus to Mughals and then Britain, Lahore has some amazing and diverse historical buildings and places including the Walled City, the famous Badshahi, and Wazir Khan Mosques, Wagha Border, Minar-e-Pakistan, as well as several Sikh and Sufi shrines. Guru Nanak, the pioneer of Sikhism is buried in Lahore. This city is also home to the Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens, both of which are acclaimed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Apart from the historical sites, Lahore is very famous for its Bazaars especially Anarkali Market, one of the oldest bazaars in Pakistan. Food is something of which Lahore is most talked about. The city serves some delicious cuisines with dishes made from pure Desi Ghee which food lovers must taste if they are in the Punjab region of Pakistan.
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